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McCain Didn't Create BlackBerry, Despite Adviser's Claim


BlackBerrys in use in Los Angeles in 2006. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

By Michael D. Shear and Robert Barnes
MIAMI -- John McCain did not invent the BlackBerry.

Early this morning, his top economic adviser claimed that he did.

At a briefing for reporters, Douglas Holtz-Eakin held up his BlackBerry in an attempt to prove that his boss has the know-how to fix the nation's ailing economy.

"He did this," Holtz-Eakin informed them. "Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years -- comes right through the Commerce Committee -- so you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did."

The Obama campaign jumped on the remark. "If John McCain hadn't said that 'the fundamentals of our economy are strong' on the day of one of our nation's worst financial crises, the claim that he invented the BlackBerry would have been the most preposterous thing said all week," said Obama-Biden spokesman Bill Burton.

But in a throw him under the bus response, another top McCain aide, Matt McDonald, told reporters that McCain "laughed" when told of Holtz-Eakin's comments about the birth of the popular handheld device, which is produced by Canadian company Research In Motion.

"He would not claim to be the inventor of anything, much less the BlackBerry. This was obviously a boneheaded joke by a staffer," McDonald said.

The campaign may have learned a lesson from Al Gore, who was widely mocked after he allegedly claimed to invent the Internet, an urban legend that has become ingrained in the popular political consciousness.

And, in fact, McCain does not use the BlackBerry for the primary function that has made it such a success.

In a July 11 New York Times interview, McCain was asked, "Do you use a BlackBerry or e-mail?"

"No," McCain said, but then explained, according to the paper: "I use the BlackBerry, but I don't e-mail. I've never felt the particular need to e-mail."

Of course, the BlackBerry revolutionized communications by allowing people to receive e-mail while in transit, but today's BlackBerrys now provide cellular phone and web-surfing functionalities, as well.

In the Times interview, McCain added: "I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone."

He continued: "I have the luxury of being in contact with them literally all the time. We now have a phone on the plane that is usable on the plane, so I just never really felt a need to do it. But I do -- could I just say, really -- I understand the impact of blogs on American politics today and political campaigns. I understand that. And I understand that something appears on one blog, can ricochet all around and get into the evening news, the front page of the New York Times. So, I do pay attention to the blogs. And I am not in any way unappreciative of the impact that they have on entire campaigns and world opinion."

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 16, 2008; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  B_Blog , John McCain  
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You used Snopes to debunk the rumor on Al Gore? Nice investigative reporting.

Snopes defense of Al Gore is that they say that created and invented have completely different meanings. But if you check in the dictionary they use invented and created as synonyms.

Al go did not ever say that he invented the Internet, but he did claim that he created the Internet during a television interview.

Posted by: David Minor | September 17, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

He invents all sorts of things, like other definitions for words such as "fundamentals".

Posted by: Webster | September 17, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

BETHMARIE

McCain's staffer was joking about the Blackberry when his comments were attacked and taken completely out of context. Its called piling on from the malcontents on the left. Now you know why the government has little boxes for applicants to check confirming things they might want in the record, and also, why the government feels its necessary to inform some people (probably some of those posting here) "do not drink, consumption may be cause death" on bottles of Clorox and other products sold in the housewares section of their supermarket.

Posted by: bchase | September 17, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

BETHMARIE

McCain's staffer was joking about the Blackberry when his comments were attacked and taken completely out of context. Its called piling on from the malcontents on the left. Now you know why the government has little boxes for applicants to check confirming things they might want in the record, and also, why the government feels its necessary to inform some people (probably some of those posting here) "do not drink, consumption may be cause death" on bottles of Clorox and other products sold in the housewares section of their supermarket.

Posted by: bchase | September 17, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

BETHMARIE

McCain's staffer was joking about the Blackberry when his comments were attacked and taken completely out of context. Its called piling on from the malcontents on the left. Now you know why the government has little boxes for applicants to check confirming things they might want in the record, and also, why the government feels its necessary to inform some people (probably some of those posting here) "do not drink, consumption may be cause death" on bottles of Clorox and other products sold in the housewares section of their supermarket.

Posted by: bchase | September 17, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and George Bush invented hooked on phonics. Unfortunately it just didn't work for him.
http://nosesplash.com/top-10-lists/149-i-invented-inventions.html

Posted by: CamDotCom | September 17, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

"He did this," Holtz-Eakin informed them. "Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years -- comes right through the Commerce Committee -- so you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did."

Apparently the Obami are lying through their arses again.

Let's review the facts.

1) McCain said nothing. This is not something McCain said. It is something Holtz-Eakin said.

2) Holtz did not say that McCain "invented" anything. He said that McCain was on a committee that allowed telecommunication to flourish.

3) McCain himself, when hearing the story said hell, I never "invented" anything.

4) McCain was truthfully on the committee that the McCain aid said he was on.

5) Holding up a physical item as "an example" of one of many devices, and then only as an indirect example at best, does not mean that it has anything specific to the company that made that particular model.

You Obami are a joke. You are the most retarded and braindead people on the planet. You are either totally stupid to arrive at that conclusion and or you are consumate liars.

Posted by: KMichaels | September 17, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

John McCain enacted legislation to make it possible for kids in this country to read the Harry Potter books. John McCain single handedly wrote bills that would allow Americans to get as fat as they want. He said government should not regulate what the private sector can feed the people. McCain won the nobel prize for his work on global warming.

Posted by: Ken | September 16, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain also dug the Panama canal. He found the WMD in Iraq. He already has put Osama Bin Laden behind bars. McCain invented velcro. Sarah Palin fed some gooseberry to moose and invented the mooseberry. McCain is also credited with the parting of the red sea. McCain invented farting while standing up. McCain has his own browser to replace all the other browsers, though he does not know how to send an email.

Posted by: Fido | September 16, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Official position on technology innovation from McCain (from www.sciencedebate2008.com):

"I am the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Committee plays a major role in the development of technology policy, specifically any legislation affecting communications services, the Internet, cable television and other technologies. Under my guiding hand, Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology that enables Americans to surf the web while sitting at a coffee shop, airport lounge, or public park."

I thought Sen. McCain said the Blackberry comment was a 'joke'....

Posted by: bethamarie | September 16, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain has become a shameless liar. His old age is taking a toll on his sense of fairness. McCain claims to have invented the Blackberry. LOL. When people catch him red handed he says it was a mistake. He meant the abacus and not the Blackberry. Then again he invented the television, the roomba, the hulahoop, the computer chip, and the lipstick.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

It will be great when Comrade Imam Obama puts in "regulations" to stop free trade.

TAXING THE CORPORATIONS WILL MAKE A BAD SITUATION WORSE! HERBERT HOOVER DID AND WE GOT THE GREAT DEPRESSION.

It's sad when the French troll above has more common sense and savvy than any of you dolts on both sides.


Democrats should be rioting that their votes in the primary didn't count at all. Their radical socialist liberal overlords made sure that the people wouldn't pick their own candidate because they know you are too stupid. This is how they think. They believe a charming, smooth talking politician is all you need to win. Forget the fact that he has all sorts of shady ties to felons(Rezco) and terrorists(Ayers). Forget the RUMORS of his taliban ties. So what if his "christian" preacher Rev. Wright met with ole Libyan Dictator Col. Kadalfi(sp?) and gave an award to Farrakon(Muslim extremist and racist extraordinaire )

Posted by: Socialist | September 16, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain probably invented the Strawberry too....and most certainly the Raspberry....at least he deserves a big raspberry for selecting Pentecostal Palin....

Posted by: benighse | September 16, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

If, John McCain invented the BlackBerry then he must be a Canadian citizen. This would disqualify him from running for President or he believes in shipping our jobs outside of the U.S.A...

Pick One...

Go To John McCain's BlackBerry website... http://www.rim.com

Click on Contact Us... His company is located in Canada.

Posted by: Obama Your Mama | September 16, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain donating his Blackberry royalties to his wife's favorite charity: Operation Smile?

I certainly hope so...it's good PR, and McCain could really use some good PR right now.

Posted by: socalgal59 | September 16, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Jews are getting polled!


OH NO!


NOT THAT!


Better be afraid!

I'm scared.... oh no I'm scared of being polled.

Posted by: Jews better be afraid | September 16, 2008 5:03 PM

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They have a lot to be scared about. They own the media that feeds us this terrorist propaganda and people are starting to wake the hell up. Almost all the terrorist problems we have are because of Israel stealing Palestinian land and our government supports them. American tax payers paid for Israel's military equipment.

Posted by: Hemi | September 16, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Blackberry may be Canadian, but John McCain discovered Canada, so that doesn't rule it out.

Posted by: rd | September 16, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama goes around saying this...

McCain goes around saying that...


Politics are a sad joke on the American people.


And this forum is the punchline!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain invented BlackBerry.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments.

Bush invented a phony war. Both are dangerous to the well being of America.

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 16, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Jews are getting polled!

OH NO!

NOT THAT!

Better be afraid!


I'm scared.... oh no I'm scared of being polled.

Posted by: Jews better be afraid | September 16, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

TO: 27 Democrat Senators who did authorized the use of force against Iraq and got the president the 2/3 vote needed to go to war.


DOOOOOHHHHHH!!!

REMEMBER: congress authorizes military force people, not the President!

Check the facts and vote out the followers.

Posted by: media lies | September 16, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

MIAMI—Jewish voters in Florida and at least one other state are being targeted by a telephone survey tying Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to Palestinian causes, an advocacy group alleged Monday.

The Jewish Council for Education in Research says at least two women in separate states were push polled, or asked questions intended to influence voters while pretending to take a poll, on Sunday afternoon from a caller who said he was from Research Strategies.

Joelna Marcus says she became uncomfortable when the caller asked if she was Jewish, whether she was Orthodox and how often she attends synagogue.

The caller then asked if Marcus would be influenced if she learned that Obama had donated money to the Palestine Liberation Organization. The caller also asked how she would vote if she learned that someone on the Illinois senator's staff had close ties to Palestine.

Marcus, a 71-year-old former college professor, said she was furious.

"I said you're not polling me. This is un-American. This is unacceptable," said Marcus, a snowbird who lives in New Jersey and has a house in Key West. "And then this is the scary part. He said if you had not said that you were Jewish, you would have been disqualified."

Deborah Minden, who lives in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Pittsburgh received a similar call Sunday afternoon. After asking basic demographic information, Minden, 56, said the caller said, "I'm going to ask you some things about Sen. Obama and you tell me if it would make you more or less likely to vote for him."

The poller then ticked off a list of accusations including that Obama's church had made anti-Semitic statements and that Obama had met with Hamas leaders.

A spokesman for Sen. John McCain, who is on a two-day swing in Florida, did not immediately comment Monday night.

"We see this as a disturbing but not unexpected ratcheting up of the kind of misinformation and outright lies about Obama's record that we've literally seen since he declared his candidacy," said Mik Moore, co-executive director of the Jewish Council for Education & Research. The organization has endorsed Obama for president.

During the Republican presidential primaries, McCain alleged push polling had taken place and asked for an investigation into thousands of calls to New Hampshire voters that disparaged him and supported rival Mike Huckabee.

© Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast

Posted by: Hemi | September 16, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

And Obama was complaining about the Republicans blowing his statements out of proportion -this one takes the cake.

The man didn't even SAY the word invent.

ThThis article proves how inept the media is -wouldn't know the truth if it slapped them in the face.

Just report the facts, media morons, and keep your opinions to yourselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:30 PM

________________________

You gotta be kidding me. John McCain goes around saying that Obama's gonna raise taxes on people making 30,000 a year. McCain don't blow things out of proportion, he just flat out lies. Now I'm hearing that McCain has people calling up the Jews in Florida saying Obama's tied to the Palestinians. He knows he's in trouble. No matter how much the press covers for him the truth will come out.

Posted by: Hemi | September 16, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Given the mediocrity that McCain has chosen -- Palin, FIorina, Bounds, Holtz-Eakin etc. etc. -- one has to seriously wonder about his judgement.

Posted by: Anybody home? | September 16, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

And Obama was complaining about the Republicans blowing his statements out of proportion -this one takes the cake.

The man didn't even SAY the word invent.

ThThis article proves how inept the media is -wouldn't know the truth if it slapped them in the face.

Just report the facts, media morons, and keep your opinions to yourselves.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if this guy meant he created the dingleberry? THAT is one of the few things I could actually believe a man of McCain's mental stature is capable of creating.

Posted by: Benjamin | September 16, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

McCain "laughed" when told of Holtz-Eakin's comments about the birth of the popular handheld device.

This is perhaps what is most disturbing about the lies and fraudulent allegations and assertions of his campaign. McCain laughs and says these things are meant to be humorous. McCain has taken leave of his mental faculties, either by reason of insanity and or dementia. Either way, he is unfit to lead this country going forward.

Posted by: str8up | September 16, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey dick head! Stop screwing up the board. Why don't you go play with your Etch A Sketch instead of pounding on the keys.

Posted by: Hemi | September 16, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

....hey AH....
..no one cares what you think....
.... u r stupid....

And on that note id like to state how important this issue is. Mccain is shameless igonramus who blames his crushed hands for not paying attention to new communication tecniques. shameeeee
republicans shammmeeee on ur viewsss. shameeeee....

Posted by: comments antiterrorist | September 16, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't appear to mention his injuries, sounds like he is just getting around to it now.

""I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don't expect to be a great communicator, I don't expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need." --New York Times interview, July 13, 2008"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead (Douglas Holtz-Eakin) that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I read an article yesterday that demanded Obama apologize to the crippled Veterans of the United States because he made a joke about McCain not being able to use a computer. The guy that wrote the article said that McCain don't use a computer because of his war injuries, and Obama's comment is an attack on all our crippled Vets. As usual, 1+1=5

Posted by: Hemi | September 16, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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both Democrats and Republicans alike
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Pandering to IGNORANCE!

Posted by: European | September 16, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

......Gett....

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......................life..........

you POS

Posted by: to the idiot spammer | September 16, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

And also from http://thinkprogress.org/2008/09/16/hundt-mccain-blackberry/:

Update: As Matt Yglesias points out, McCain was one of just five senators to vote against the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Posted by: Jimman35 | September 16, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. Well what would the Blackberry be without the Internet that Gore invented?

Posted by: TWstroud | September 16, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

No he didn't invent. We're all willing to admit that, but he didn't even HELP it come about.

From http://thinkprogress.org/2008/09/16/hundt-mccain-blackberry/ :
ThinkProgress received a response today from former FCC chairman Reed Hundt, who sharply criticized Holtz-Eakin’s claim:

John McCain is so out of touch with America his economics adviser says he deserves credit for creating the Canadian company that invented the Blackberry. Message to Republicans: it’s American entrepreneurship our President is supposed to encourage.

ThinkProgress also spoke with Blair Levin, who is currently Managing Director at Stifel Nicolaus and served as Hundt’s chief of staff at the FCC. Levin pointed out that McCain actually voted against the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA ‘93) that “authorized the spectrum auctions that created the competitive wireless market that gave rise to companies like Research in Motion [the creator of Blackberry].”

Posted by: Jimman35 | September 16, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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Foolish feeble minded little pathetic Americans.

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GET TO WORK!

Posted by: Frenchman | September 16, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Can we please maybe please talk about the issues that threaten to destroy our republic??!! Please! Waaaa!

Posted by: Stine | September 16, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The advisor did not say McCain invented the black berry. He said McCain helped bring about the changes in the telecom industry over the past 15 years and held up the blackberry as an example of the results of that effort.
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Just like Gore said his work paved the way for the internet. sorry foot in old mouth today. can't have your honor and eat it too

Posted by: Foo Man Jew | September 16, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create."
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John McCain, the miracle blackberry grower

Posted by: Thor | September 16, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

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Posted by: bert | September 16, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse


The advisor did not say McCain invented the black berry. He said McCain helped bring about the changes in the telecom industry over the past 15 years and held up the blackberry as an example of the results of that effort.

Posted by: Mike | September 16, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Amusing. His emphasis was on telecommunications and he used an instantly recognizable device in wide and extensive use in telecommunications to illustrate that point and no one was smart enough to figure that out... amazing. I sucked at english and can figure that much out. Talk about a bunch of idiots. TV ratings must be dismal for these shenanigans.

Posted by: Norm | September 16, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Just more irrelevant hyped-up media hysteria. Get real!

Posted by: stan | September 16, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I think we got it all wrong. McCain is onto something:

Superstition in the UK holds that blackberries should not be picked after Michaelmas (29 September) as the devil has claimed them, having left a mark on the leaves by urinating on them. There is some value behind this legend as after this date wetter and cooler weather often allows the fruit to become infected by various molds such as Botryotinia which give the fruit an unpleasant look and may be toxic.

Posted by: Thor | September 16, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: burt | September 16, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I hate that people like to point out that their grandparents don't know how to use computers or the internet either. SO?! Is one of your grandparents trying to become THE most powerful leader in the world? Not knowing how to use the internet means that McCain has no real way of acquiring his own information. And it's not as though the internet is a new thing. It just shows he's spent the past 10 years being a stubborn old man. To me, that's unacceptable! Would we elect a president that wasn't motivated to learn to read? It's the same thing. We should be afraid!

Posted by: Wow | September 16, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

So I guess he just "created" it.

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This article we wrote seems to have struck a cord with readers. We must confess that we do not really believe that John McCain's advisor was really trying to imply that McCain invented the BlackBerry. Out intent was simply to write an article for which we could add a missleading headline to. People browsing noews articles would see the headline and hopefully not read the actual story behind it. By reporting news (well, not really news per se) in this manner, it gives us an opportunity to make the Republicans look bad, silly or foolish.

This is the template that we, and our collegues at other major news organizations (New York Times, LA Times,etc) have used for some time. It actually used to work realy well until Fox News, talk radio and the internet came along.

While not an effective strategy, in fact it has cost us the last two elections, we will continue to use this template until our printing presses finally shut down.

Posted by: Michael D. Shear and Robert Barnes | September 16, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Billbo Baggins | September 16, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

John McCain did invent the recession though.
We do know how we got here.
Bush, thru Phil Gramm and Alan Greenspan, managed to deregulate the hell out of the system.
The same PHil Gramm who called this a mental recession and us a nation of Whiners. He is McCain's senior economic advisor. McCain has been an enabler.

This is the result of an unhindered republican agenda. While they had all 3 branches of government the could push the Free Market to be as free as the wind. As free as a bird.

This is the unseen hand of the free market that republicans have talked about for decades.
This is it. Do you like it?

Believe me some a the top have made huge fortunes on this. But the workers of America who have been ever more productive each quarter have lost ground each quarter.

Posted by: mtobias | September 16, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Here is the quote, it was stupid, but he did say it and held up what looked like a Blackberry when saying it.

Don't blame the press, blame the bonehead that said it.

"“But he did this,’’ he said, holding up what looked like a BlackBerry. “The telecommunications of the United States, the premier innovation of the past 15 years, comes right through the commerce committee. So you’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that’s what he did.’’"
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/mccain-and-the-blackberry-phenom/#comments

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Posted by: Advisor Said | September 16, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

A blackberry can be used as a good paper weight.

Posted by: thor | September 16, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Get this. It is the actually explanation you must visualize very clearly and not forget it. It is a god examination of how these things develop.

McCain fro whatever reason had a tendency to grow large masses of what in the south, and among cruder people are referred to as dingleberry’s. A large perfusion almost clusters like, and very dark. And one of the lower rank officers from Alabama started calling them Blackberries.
He was greatly resented by this group of southern hillbillies officers especially since his Red Corvette created real jealousy among this Group who were forced to drive Drab brown government issued ford falcons. So this group stated calling him Blackberry". Bum.
The name stuck through his subsequent naval career, sans the bum part.

This nickname must be the source e of the confusion, and association.
Being that he was not highly respected among the officers because of his poor academics and troublesome behavior, these corn hole officers got way with this terrible crudeness

Chuck trent

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin's best trick with computers was making her staff use personal email addresses so their government related work cannot be easily subpoena'd. She is a criminal mind. What kind of fiend would avoid the legalities of normal government business procedure? She is a dark force upon the earth.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | September 16, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse


haha, this article is a joke right?

are the authors actually trying to claim that the advisor said mccain invented the blackberry?

i can only assume that the media knows something the rest of us dont and obama is in even worse shape than we thought if they writing articles like this.

is this really the washington post? i dont even think the huffington post would run an article like this.

Posted by: pants | September 16, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Gore never said he created the internet either.
Some lies are repeated by the media until they stick.

PALIN ACTUALLY SAID SHE IS WILLING TO GO TO WAR AGAINST RUSSIA OVER SOUTH OSSETIA.

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LOOK WHAT I WROTE!!!!
GOD DAMNED IDIOTS!
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Posted by: f-bomb | September 16, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

How sad for freedom of speech that we have gotten to a point where cold hard facts are shunned for being "offensive". I would much rather the media include bias if it meant including truth. We should be calling Bush a DISASTER, not just an "unpopular" president. And yes, we absolutely should expect all world leaders to know exactly how to use a computer and how to get the most out of the internet. How else are they supposed to get information in the information age? I don't think Bush's policy of just getting advisors to tell him what he "needs to know" has really worked that well for the American people.

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Posted by: Bill Clintons Brother | September 16, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a home-made blackberry pie after a juicy moose burger

Posted by: thor | September 16, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I see someone on here defending Palin's stated intention to go to WAR against Russia over Georgia.

Did she stop to think that war with a nuclear power includes nuclear war?

She is perky though!!

Nevermind that Russia is on the side of the IRANIAN ethnic minority. This whole thing is supposed to be about the 7,000 Christian Georgians in South Ossetia.
NUCLEAR WAR over 7,000 Christians who so badly treated the South Ossetians that they left Geogia to go back to Russia.

And PALIN wants to risk nuclear holocaust for THAT?
And wait until you see the size of the army she will need to pull THAT off. That will postpone dealing with BIN LAUDIN, AGAIN.
Do you see a pattern here? Bin Laudin is the GOP's pet, who makes scary video's and keeps the public in acceptance of the end of civil rights in America. Like those random wiretaps of ordinary citizens, do you? Try to get your name off that no-fly list? Good luck. How about waterboarding of "SUSPECT"s!!
END THE DELUSIONAL PALIN CANDIDACY BEFORE IT GETS TO PALIN FOR PRESIDENT FOR 2012. END THIS NOW.
VOTE NO TO THE PALIN WARS on RUSSIAN SOIL.
VOTE NO TO NUCLEAR WAR.

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Posted by: alan greenspan | September 16, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Making fun of McCain for inventing the Blackberry is sexist!

Posted by: tom | September 16, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

THOUGHTS ON COMPUTER USAGE BY THE GOP

1. People with issues with their hands can use a voice activated computer. McCain is not qualified to lead the USA into the modern era.

2. Palin's best trick with computers was making her staff use personal email addresses so their government related work cannot be easily subpoena'd. She is a criminal mind. What kind of fiend would avoid the legalities of normal government business procedure? She is a dark force upon the earth.

Posted by: bruce Becker | September 16, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

That he has crushed hands is not an excuse to not use the internet or email.
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LOL, perhaps we should repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act?

how dare those people in wheelchairs think they need ramps to get into buildings! put bigger tires on those wheelchairs and get er done!

Posted by: I is for Independent | September 16, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

None of the candidates qualify for presidency. They don't know how to play video games... oops, Obama may... but he still doesn't qualify, b/c he doesn't know street jargon, oops...he may know that too. Okay, Obama doesn't listen to degrading rap... well he does that too. Hmmm... well, at least he has e-mailed. Yes! Even if he doesn't know more about computers... Obama for president!

Stupid comments all over the board... mine included. What a circus the media and the voters have made this to be. media for igniting it, voters for continually fueling the cr@p.

Posted by: Kim | September 16, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Can this article be any more liberally biased? No one claimed McCain invented the BlackBerry, only that he was intimately involved in the telecommunications innovations of the last 15 years. And no one threw anybody under the bus. Holtz-Eakin's comments were completely distorted and misquoted when they were thrown back at McCain's campaign. Of course they were going to dismiss that McCain invented the BlackBerry. Nobody ever said that he did.

Michael D. Shear and Robert Barnes, I know that you two are in the tank for Obama, but can you at least pretend to be objective for your readers? Thank you.

Posted by: cuppettcj | September 16, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"helped create"


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Posted by: rtfanning | September 16, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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"No," McCain said, but then explained, according to the paper: "I use the BlackBerry, but I don't e-mail. I've never felt the particular need to e-mail."

Of course, the BlackBerry revolutionized communications by allowing people to receive e-mail while in transit, but today's BlackBerrys now provide cellular phone and web-surfing functionalities, as well.

In the Times interview, McCain added: "I read e-mails all the time, but the communications that I have with my friends and staff are oral and done with my cell phone."

Aren't the keys on a Blackberry considerably smaller than those on a laptop or desktop keyboard?

Smells like another whopper from Burger King (aka Old Man River)!!

Posted by: The Franchise | September 16, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The "Maverick" invented the Bull poopy!

Posted by: Jodaddy | September 16, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

McCain invented the soothing blackberry balm that Joe Biden uses after he gets his plugs refreshed.

Posted by: Baracktopolis | September 16, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse


McCain created the Blackberry,just like Gore created the internet.
What a joke! McCain did,however,create our current economic crisis.

www.therealmccain.com

www.bravenewfilms.org

Posted by: Ron | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps what he meant to say is that McCain invented the elderberry

Posted by: Mike in Albany | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain also invented moose burgers.

Posted by: :-) | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Is the woman on the cell phone Sarah Palin?

Truly hilarious stuff, thanks for sharing.

"http://aclockworkobama.com

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Is the woman on the cell phone Sarah Palin?

Truly hilarious stuff, thanks for sharing.

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

You are idiots. He didn't claim that McCain invented the Blackberry, he claimed that he served on the commerce committee, whose policies have fostered technological advances.

If these are too many syllables for you to understand then maybe you are in the wrong business.

Posted by: Andy | September 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

That he has crushed hands is not an excuse to not use the internet or email. He is ignorant and shameless about it. Classy has nothing to do with it. And Mccain doesnt deserve any if he has followers like u.

Posted by: anti karlo pundit | September 16, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

What McCain is saying is that he discovered the black berry. I love black berries on top of custard, and black berry yogurt.

Way to go chef McCain

Posted by: :-) | September 16, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo needs two hacks to write meaningless drivel like this? Neither Michael D. Shear nor Robert Barnes point to the possibility that Eakin wasn't referring to the Blackberry itself but to modern telecommunications. McCain and many others have no doubt contributed to the current state of our telecommunications infrastructure.

And, it's sad that the MSM was able to get someone thrown under the bus over something so trivial.

If Michael Shear and Robert Barnes weren't simply corrupt hacks they'd hold McCain accountable for choosing this staffer:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/007421.html

The WaPo will never press McCain on that. For the reason why, follow the money.

Posted by: 24AheadDotCom | September 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The McCain Lie Counter:

http://www.mccainpedia.org/index.php/Count_the_Lies

Know the truth!

Posted by: McCain Lie Counter | September 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Richard | September 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one who wakes up each morning and flips on the TV and want's to and hopes to see bulletin that Mccain dropped dead on the campaign trail?"

No you're not!!! I, along with most of my fellow liberals pray to Barack every day that this will happen. I just hope it happens before McCain/Palin win the WH. I can't even imagine what I'd do if Palin became the president. I swear to Barack that I'd go find Bill Ayres, revive the Weatherman underground movement and bomb the WH.

Posted by: HappyLiberal | September 16, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The reporting appears to be biased. The blogging, however, has a couple of people (who I don't agree with, unfortunately) that have actually gone to some effort to bring relevant information into the conversation. "Justin in Chicago" and even the probably paid blogger "McCain = Bush's Third Term" actually said something interesting. Here's my contrinbution:

http://www.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Posted by: lshokanson | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't use a Blackberry either. I think they're for losers. And I'm a systems manager at a large publishing house. People who have symbiotic relationships with their cellphones, iPhones, Blackberries, and Palm Pilots are just too boring for words.

John McCain has an even better reason not to use email: his hands were crushed by commie bastards that the Left allowed to win the Vietnam War. He has trouble typing, still, after all these years. And this is a reason to mock him?

Stay classy, Democrats!

Posted by: Korla Pundit | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"What McCain is pushing is exactly the kind of regulation, oversight and reform that Wall Street has been evading and lobbying against for years."
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You, AsperGirl, need to learn what you are posting about before posting.... or you look as stupid as Palin and McCain.

Posted by: Dave | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"What McCain is pushing is exactly the kind of regulation, oversight and reform that Wall Street has been evading and lobbying against for years."
Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:38 PM

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You, AsperGirl, need to learn what you are posting about before posting.... or you look as stupid as Palin and McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

When a fratboy takes off the mask and starts behaving like a jerk... who do people suppose is the real deal?

The jerk.

This is just the real McCain coming through... the McCain that graduated 5th from the bottom of his Navy class, the McCain who cheated on his first wife, the McCain who threatens foreign diplomats, the McCain who yell and screams and stamps his feet at his fellow Congressmen because they're smarter and better at what they do than he is.

McCain is a pet... he's the result of putting an incompetent in a position he hasn't earned and can't handle, just because he was a POW and that was good marketing for the Republican party.

But he's still and arrogant, self-entitled, spoiled, little man who has never earned a buck on his own in the real world.

It makes all the sense in the world... this is just the real McCain, finally poking through the media lies about the marketed McCain.

Posted by: getcentered | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one who wakes up each morning and flips on the TV and want's to and hopes to see bulletin that Mccain dropped dead on the campaign trail?"

No you're not!!! I, along with most of my fellow liberals pray to Barack every day that this will happen. I just hope it happens before McCain/Palin win the WH. I can't even imagine what I'd do if Palin became the president. I sware to Barack that I'd go find Bill Ayres, revive the Weatherman underground movement and bomb the WH.

Posted by: HappyLiberal-Really | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

When a fratboy takes off the mask and starts behaving like a jerk... who do people suppose is the real deal?

The jerk.

This is just the real McCain coming through... the McCain that graduated 5th from the bottom of his Navy class, the McCain who cheated on his first wife, the McCain who threatens foreign diplomats, the McCain who yell and screams and stamps his feet at his fellow Congressmen because they're smarter and better at what they do than he is.

McCain is a pet... he's the result of putting an incompetent in a position he hasn't earned and can't handle, just because he was a POW and that was good marketing for the Republican party.

But he's still and arrogant, self-entitled, spoiled, little man who has never earned a buck on his own in the real world.

It makes all the sense in the world... this is just the real McCain, finally poking through the media lies about the marketed McCain.

Posted by: getcentered | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"What McCain is pushing is exactly the kind of regulation, oversight and reform that Wall Street has been evading and lobbying against for years."
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You, AsperGirl, need to learn what you are posting about before posting.... or you look as stupid as Palin and McCain.

Posted by: Dave | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: McCain Lie Counter | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The reporting appears to be biased. The blogging, however, has a couple of people (who I don't agree with, unfortunately) that have actually gone to some effort to bring relevant information into the conversation. "Justin in Chicago" and even the probably paid blogger "McCain = Bush's Third Term" actually said something interesting. Here's my contrinbution:

http://www.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Posted by: lshokanson | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk
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Will this be the 3rd rigged Republican election in a row, to get the Zionists favorite war monger team into office again?


Bush and Cheney have done a great job for the Zionist NWO agenda, now McCain and Palin can finish it off for them by starting WW3.

Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH0xzsogzAk
.


Will this be the 3rd rigged Republican election in a row, to get the Zionists favorite war monger team into office again?


Bush and Cheney have done a great job for the Zionist NWO agenda, now McCain and Palin can finish it off for them by starting WW3.

Posted by: JennyinOhio | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: McCain Lie Counter | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Both the McCain and Obama campaigns sure do spend a lot of time explaining what the candidates and their surrogates "really meant" when they said stuff. Why don't they just say what they mean in the first place?"

Because they both have foot-in-mouth disease. Every once in a while they'll let something slip that needs to be corrected. Although in this case it was a McCain Adviser that had the slip, not McCain himself. Even though, McCain seems to have to have his words rephrased and explained an awful lot more than Obama.

Posted by: Xander | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

EMAIL ME ABOUT THE FUTURE & I'LL SEND YOU MY SECRET EMAIL WITH ALL THOSE "DETAILS" THAT PEOPLE COMPLAIN I NEVER GIVE!

☻☻☻ bobama@dnc.org ☻☻☻

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Am I the only one who wakes up each morning and flips on the TV and want's to and hopes to see bulletin that Mccain dropped dead on the campaign trail?"

No you're not!!! I, along with most of my fellow liberals pray to Barack every day that this will happen. I just hope it happens before McCain/Palin win the WH. I can't even imagine what I'd do if Palin became the president. I sware to Barack that I'd go find Bill Ayres, revive the Weatherman underground movement and bomb the White House.

Posted by: PissedOffLib | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl must have received the same degree as Palin did from one of the five small colleges she attended

Posted by: LApov | September 16, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The reporting appears to be biased. The blogging, however, has a couple of people (who I don't agree with, unfortunately) that have actually gone to some effort to bring relevant information into the conversation. "Justin in Chicago" and even the probably paid blogger "McCain - Bush's Third Term" actually said something interesting. Here's my contrinbution:

http://www.fcc.gov/telecom.html

Posted by: lshokanson | September 16, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

As Sarah Palin would say, it was GOD's will that McCain invented Blackberry. Let us pray that he will be able to learn how to use it for emailing.

Only rural farmers in Oklahoma would fall for this. Hope you people in Ohio are smart enough to see how illiterate and shallow these folks in McCain campaign are.

Posted by: Joanna | September 16, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Asper girl is a McCain campaign tool. Just like them, she can lie and smear with no care to truth.

Posted by: fido | September 16, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse


None of that matters anymore. Those old theories go back to when people got their information from the evening news papers and the 6 o'clock news. We are in a new age. A comment circles the world in minutes of it being said. We are through the looking glass on this, everything we are looking at has no precedence. It will be fun to see how it all plays out. It could change 180 degrees in the last week of the election.

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Barack Obama's on the slime trail, hacking at everything he can & spewing anti-McCain invective anywhere.

But Obama's in a LOSING PATTERN....

GALLUP ON THE STATE OF THE ELECTION POLLS:

"It's still too early to estimate election probabilities, but if McCain retains an advantage in the weeks after the conventions ended, history says that he has a better than even chance of winning the election.

"4. Broadly speaking, the structure of this race has been similar to 2000 and 2004 -- very close elections. Both candidates this year have a high percentage of their party's vote, although McCain has a slightly higher "partisan loyalty" factor. McCain, in the days after his convention, made a significant gain with independents, among whom he now leads Obama. To win by a large margin, a candidate needs a significant advantage among independents and needs to perform at least marginally better among their own party identifiers than the opponent does among his partisans. This is McCain's current pattern, leading to his slight advantage in the trial heat ballot at this time."

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109759/Gallups-Quick-Read-Election.aspx
Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:59 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

See! This is what you can expect from a a demented old man like McCain. The next thing he'll claim is that he invented the wheel or that he created the telegram! It isn't that I don't like McCain...it's just that he's too damn old, and he doesn't know what he's saying half the time. Do you really want this demented old bat to be walking around, giving away military secrets every time he has a dementia attack! I love my grandparents, but I wouldn't trust them with a thanksgiving turkey...yet alone running a country.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

See! This is what you can expect from a a demented old man like McCain. The next thing he'll claim is that he invented the wheel or that he created the telegram! It isn't that I don't like McCain...it's just that he's too damn old, and he doesn't know what he's saying half the time. Do you really want this demented old bat to be walking around, giving away military secrets every time he has a dementia attack! I love my grandparents, but I wouldn't trust them with a thanksgiving turkey...yet alone running a country.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

OF COURSE OBAMA KNOWS THAT IRAN IS NOT A THREAT BECAUSE AHMADINEJAD ISN'T ON FACEBOOK OR MYSPACE.

AND RUSSIA'S INVASION OF GEORGIA IS NO BIG DEAL TO INTERRUPT A HAWAII VACATION FOR, BECAUSE PUTIN DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE ♥ "EMOTICONS" ♥

HEY, I COULD BE ➞➫➛➤➣➢ PRESIDENT!!!

LOOK AT ME, I'M ON MYSPACE!

I CAN PICK UP THAT 3 AM ☏ !

:> ☺☺☺☺☺☺ BARACK OBAMA

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Both the McCain and Obama campaigns sure do spend a lot of time explaining what the candidates and their surrogates "really meant" when they said stuff. Why don't they just say what they mean in the first place?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

As far as this being purely a McCain joke goes, they went to an awful lot of trouble to suggest, that McCain's committees and endeavors were responsible for this invention ( and there was no "just kidding" or something similar for a punchline at the end ).

It's only been suggested, that it's a joke, later - after people began pointing out, that BlackBerry wasn't even an American invention.

Posted by: wolf | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

See! This is what you can expect from a a demented old man like McCain. The next thing he'll claim is that he invented the wheel or that he created the telegram! It isn't that I don't like McCain...it's just that he's too damn old, and he doesn't know what he's saying half the time. Do you really want this demented old bat to be walking around, giving away military secrets every time he has a dementia attack! I love my grandparents, but I wouldn't trust them with a thanksgiving turkey...yet alone running a country.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't e-mail, can't use a computer, thinks the Soviets are still "the big threat"...who wants to vote for the dinosaur? Any hands? And...why don't some of you news people ask Sarah Palin some questions about dinosaurs? Hint: when her kids watch the Flintstones, Palin thinks they are watching a documentary.

Posted by: madisonhack | September 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Now the vetting process makes sense, it was all done by McCainberry.

JM> dat u sp?
SP> ubet JM.
JM> u bamf?
SP> yby
JM> Ne2HU as VP
SP> OMG VBG
JM> SYT
SP> BFN

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Guys, I was just on another WashPo article...

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/09/16/strong_economic_fundamentals_n.html

And AsperGirl was there, too. All you have to do is confront her with facts and logic, and she'll probably leave... at least, she did there.

Posted by: wolf | September 16, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Is the comment that McCain helped invent the blackberry a joke? Obviously. They wouldn't be so stupid as to suggest something like that and take it seriously. However, joke or not, after the Gore fiasco they should know better than to say anything that can be taken out of context in this area. So, beyond the fact that it was humorous, it was just stupid of the advisor to even state.

Posted by: Xander | September 16, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Man you post guys are fun to read. It's an exciting diversion from my otherwise strenuous job here attempting to manage myself and family through the turmoil on Wall Street. Do I sell or not sell...that is the question. As for you guys parsing words and dissecting sentences taken completely out of context...I hope you were not responsible for having any management responsibilities with the illustrious financial gurus in New York. Your ability to properly glean the reasoning behind an otherwise stupid silly joke by a McCain staffer is evidence of inherent problems most pundits and left wingers have in general with reasoning and logic. Most "thinking Americans" know the real score...see you election day.

Posted by: bchase | September 16, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

You know what I find funny (read, immensely disturbing) in McCain's comments about how he "understands blogging"? He obviously was coached to view blogging and "teh internets" solely through the lens of how it can shape a "campaign" or "opinion" -- you know, those negative nancies spouting facts online might actually by accident get into the mainstream "news" so you better watch out! Meanwhile he appears to completely miss the fact that blogging has the power to actually resurface facts over rumor, to perhaps restore the free press this nation needs to work, instead of the circus sideshow our current "Fourth Estate" has mutated into.

Posted by: Someone | September 16, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's on the slime trail, hacking at everything he can & spewing anti-McCain invective anywhere.

But Obama's in a LOSING PATTERN....

GALLUP ON THE STATE OF THE ELECTION POLLS:

"It's still too early to estimate election probabilities, but if McCain retains an advantage in the weeks after the conventions ended, history says that he has a better than even chance of winning the election.

"4. Broadly speaking, the structure of this race has been similar to 2000 and 2004 -- very close elections. Both candidates this year have a high percentage of their party's vote, although McCain has a slightly higher "partisan loyalty" factor. McCain, in the days after his convention, made a significant gain with independents, among whom he now leads Obama. To win by a large margin, a candidate needs a significant advantage among independents and needs to perform at least marginally better among their own party identifiers than the opponent does among his partisans. This is McCain's current pattern, leading to his slight advantage in the trial heat ballot at this time."

http://www.gallup.com/poll/109759/Gallups-Quick-Read-Election.aspx

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least the McCain campaign can take comfort in the knowledge, that when Obama wins in November, they can still get jobs working for SNL.

Posted by: wolf | September 16, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

A TYPICAL EXAMPLE OF PARTISAN NONSENSE:

"Hey AsperGirl, how much is McCain paying for online comments these days? You seem to be making quite a bit! But tell me, you don't actually believe those ridiculous talking points you've cut & pasted, do you?"

Posted by: BILLY G | September 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"Sorry asper, we were just taking McSame's own comments as to his computer literacy as fact. We should have learned not to believe him by now I guess."

Uh, you're a liar. The discussion of his history of statements on his computer literacy is in the links I included in my 1:36 PM post. Not interested in your bluster.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

You partisan commenters crack me up. You've got your noses so deep in the doodoo of your political favorites that you can't even see how you're being manipulated by your fav political party.

That's why nothing changes no matter if dems or repubs are in power. But you folks are so partisan you haven't even stepped back and figured THAT out.

What a laugh!

Posted by: humble pie | September 16, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain in the VP vetting process:

"Sarah, my friend, do you have ANY foreign policy experience?"

"ummm, I can see Russia sometimes from my house"

OK, that's good enough for me!

I wonder how Condi (Russian scholar) feels about this?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey AsperGirl, how much is McCain paying for online comments these days? You seem to be making quite a bit! But tell me, you don't actually believe those ridiculous talking points you've cut & pasted, do you?

In case anyone is wondering, here's how you can get in on the money if you want to spam for McCain:

http://news.slashdot.org/news/08/06/12/1211204.shtml

Posted by: Joe | September 16, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"The first message he sent: "Watson. The fundamentals of the economy are strong." "

ROTFLMAO!!!!! That's funny!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA'S BEEN RAKING IT IN FROM FAILING WALL STREET BANKS BECAUSE DESPITE THEIR NATURAL TENDENCY TOWARDS THE BUSINESS-LOVING REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY SEE THEMSELVES THAT 4 MORE YEARS OF THE UNREGULATED ENVIRONMENT FAVORED BY REPUBLICANS ALWAYS WILL RESULT IN THE LITERAL DESTRUCTION OF OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM. WALL STREET IS BEGGING FOR REGULATION-THEY SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN FINANCIAL CHIMPS ARE ALLOWED TO RUN AMUCK WITHOUT CONTROL!

The Wall Street Journal just came out with a profile of donations this election year. Obama's campaign donations from Wall Street banks have far outstripped McCain's this year.

The more corrupt/weak the bank, the more they favored Obama over McCain. Lehman expecially:

"Investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which filed for bankruptcy-court protection early Monday, has been the eighth-largest corporate giver to Sen. Obama's campaign this election cycle, with Lehman employees donating $361,000. Lehman employees gave $117,500 to Sen. McCain's campaign."


Posted by: Financial adviser | September 16, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, they broke his ARMS, not his fingers, unless his stump speech has changed."

Actually his arms were broken. and a leg when he ejected from his plane

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Now that John McCain has at last turned in his answers to Science Debate 2008 (after peeking at Barack Obama's answers for a couple of weeks) there are some interesting tidbits hidden among his rambling responses.

http://www.sciencedebate2008.com/www/index.php?id=42
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Take this reply to a question about maintaining America's lead in innovation.


"I am uniquely qualified to lead our nation during this technological revolution. While in the Navy, I depended upon the technologies and information provided by our nation’s scientists and engineers with during each mission" - McCain


Let's stop there for a second. Here John McCain insists he's uniquely qualified to discuss technology because... he used some. Forty years ago. This is the same kind of high standard by which he assured us that Sarah Palin knew more about energy than anyone else in America, and Phil Gramm was one of the smartest people in the world on the economy. At least he didn't claim any MacGyverite tech affinities developed in Hanoi.


Okay, let's continue.


"I am the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The Committee plays a major role in the development of technology policy, specifically any legislation affecting communications services, the Internet, cable television and other technologies. Under my guiding hand, Congress developed a wireless spectrum policy that spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and Wi-Fi technology that enables Americans to surf the web while sitting at a coffee shop, airport lounge, or public park." - McCain


And, stop. There you have it, people. John McCain not only invented cell phones, he tossed in wifi as an afterthought.


Let's go back and see how McCain's hand guided that development.


With the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Senate passed the first major revision to telecommunications law in 62 years which provided the foundation for much of the cell phone and Internet regulation over the next decade. The bill passed 81-18 and was signed into law by President Clinton. McCain voted AGAINST the act.


In 2002, McCain authored the "Consumer Broadband Deregulation Act of 2002" which eliminated the requirement of the 1996 law that telecommunication companies provide access to competitors. It didn't pass.


In 2003, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was passed, putting in place a moratorium on taxes for activities on the Intenet. The bill had 11 cosponsors – McCain wasn't one of them. He did vote for the bill, but since it passed 97-3, that's definitely "guiding" with a small 'g.' Granted, this wasn't directly a bill about wireless, but since McCain doesn't seem to have authored any law on wireless technology, I'm having to search for connections.


Of pending legistlation, McCain is NOT a sponsor of the "Connect the Nation Act" – though Senator Obama IS. McCain is NOT a sponsor of Senator Rockefeller's call for a universal next generation broadband by 2015 – though Senator Obama IS. And of course, McCain ISN'T a sponsor of the "Internet Freedom Act" that would ensure net neutrality – though Senator Obama IS. That last is no surprise. McCain has repeatedly OPPOSED net neutrality, saying that companies have a right to restrict speed or even limit access to sites "when you control the pipe you should be able to get profit from your investment."


So, McCain's "guiding hand" seems to consist of opposing the legislation that laid the groundwork for the communications we have today, and authoring failed legislation designed to benefit big carriers. Of course, we should probably be glad that John McCain really didn't invent the cell phone or wifi, otherwise we'd all be getting our wireless services from one monolithic company free to restrict our access to only the pages that pay for the privilege. And we'd all be using "Jitterbugs."


...and, not only did John McCain invent the cell phone and wifi, he was the first to tie them together in his other invention the Blackberry.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0908/HoltzEakin_McCain_helped_create_BlackBerry.html?showall
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"He did this," Douglas Holtz-Eakin told reporters this morning, holding up his BlackBerry. "Telecommunications of the United States is a premier innovation in the past 15 years, comes right through the Commerce committee so you're looking at the miracle John McCain helped create and that's what he did."
So now we know what McCain has been doing while missing all those votes in the Senate. He's been moonlighting as a Canadian MP -- RIM, the company that makes the Blackberry, is headquartered outside Toronto....CANADA!!!

Posted by: McCain/Palin - Dumber Than A Bag Of Rocks! | September 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

McHoover invented the POW

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

At least aspergirl has proven she is adept at using ctrl-c and ctrl-v, lol

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

What he developed was crackberry.

Posted by: Cc | September 16, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry asper, we were just taking McSame's own comments as to his computer literacy as fact. We should have learned not to believe him by now I guess.

""I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don't expect to be a great communicator, I don't expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need." --New York Times interview, July 13, 2008"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Can’t wait until they show Hussein cheering on rev J Wright in church.

That will be an October surprise!

Posted by: gunhugger | September 16, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

> MCCAIN DOESN'T USE KEYBOARD MUCH BECAUSE HIS FINGERS ARE CRIPPLED FROM THE TORTURE, SOMETHING HE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT MUCH.

Actually, they broke his ARMS, not his fingers, unless his stump speech has changed.

Secondly, is being a POW an excuse for everything now? Is there ANY attack on McCain that hasn't been countered with "But he was a POW!"?

Frankly, that disgusts me because it cheapens the service of all the other POWs who used their experience to become stronger, rather than as an excuse for weakness or incompetence.

Posted by: Moe | September 16, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe you could learn something from this."

OF COURSE OBAMA KNOWS THAT IRAN IS NOT A THREAT BECAUSE AHMADINEJAD ISN'T ON FACEBOOK OR MYSPACE.

AND RUSSIA'S INVASION OF GEORGIA IS NO BIG DEAL TO INTERRUPT A HAWAII VACATION FOR, BECAUSE PUTIN DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO USE "EMOTICONS".

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

this is the best news I've heard in weeks - it shows that however tempted McCain won't be able to push the nuclear black box buttons or enter the codes cuz his fingers were injured too badly by all the torture-

MCCAIN DOESN'T USE KEYBOARD MUCH BECAUSE HIS FINGERS ARE CRIPPLED FROM THE TORTURE, SOMETHING HE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT MUCH.


Posted by: Fred | September 16, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe you could learn something from this."

THE MEDIA THINKS IT'S SO COOL TO PICK ON PALIN'S RELIGION
WHY IGNORE ALL THOSE OBAMA RELIGIOUS GAFFE'S??

OBAMA BLOOPERS IN WHCH HE TALKS LIKE A MUSLIM

Obama is known for always speaking very carefully & precisely (it's his gift). Except when he's talking about his religion or when he's making "Muslim bloopers".

:: BARACK OBAMA: "MY MUSLIM FAITH" ::

In an interview of Obama on September 7, George Stephanopolous asked Obama about his accusations that the McCain campaign are going to accuse him of being Muslim. Obama goes into a 2 minute answer that includes the blooper "my Muslim faith".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUYHFlGb2Ng&feature=iv

At minute 1:34 Stephanopolous asks Obama about why he makes accusations that the McCain campaign is going to accuse him of being Muslim, when the McCain has condemned people making those accusations.

At minute 2:49 Obama says: "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

George Stephanopolous steps in and corrects him to say "Christian faith" and then Obama agrees and says "Christian faith". But then what Obama was going to say doesn't make sense anymore because that would be, "You're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Christian faith."

Obama then has to spend the next 15 seconds regrouping to make a point ("John McCain has not suggested I was a Muslim.")

:: OBAMA THINKS THE U.S. HAS "57 STATES" ::

You can watch Obama's statement that he's visited "57 states".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

This is no joke, he really said this. This was no "slip", he pauses & thinks about it!

What American would forget that? And why would he pick the number "57" out of the air?

Everyone knows that we have 50 states. But there is a union that has 57 states in it: the nation of Islam. The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It has 57 Islamic member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America.

This is kind of an important slip coming from a candidate who is African-Arab by racial heritage, Muslim by birth who claims to now be Christian, who was raised abroad in an Islamic state (Indonesia) with a Muslim stepfather, who traveled to Pakistan using his Indonesian-citizenship passport at age 20 when he was supposed to be a U.S. citizen and Americans weren't supposed to go to Pakistan, who belonged for 20 years to a Church that publishes pro-Hamas material and whose leadership has close ties to the Nation of Islam, and who has been endorsed by Hamas.

:: TOO-LONG, BABBLE-ANSWER ON THE QUESTION WHAT IS THE MEANING OF JESUS IN HIS LIFE ::

You can also watch Barack Obama's too-long, wandering, lame response to the question: what is the meaning of Jesus in his life. He starts kind of okay with a trite answer, but then gets lost and stops making sense until he ends up claiming that Jesus makes him try new things like running for President after Rev. Warren starts making noises that signal to Obama he needs to cut it off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/gHtAWPjzvyk&rel=0&color1=11645361&color2=13619151&fs=1

Afterward, Obama declares that was a tough question, whereon Rev. Warren says, "Oh no, that was a freebie, a gimme."

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe you could learn something from this."

OBAMA'S BEEN RAKING IT IN FROM FAILING WALL STREET BANKS

The Wall Street Journal just came out with a profile of donations this election year. Obama's campaign donations from Wall Street banks have far outstripped McCain's this year.

The more corrupt/weak the bank, the more they favored Obama over McCain. Lehman expecially:

"Investment bank Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which filed for bankruptcy-court protection early Monday, has been the eighth-largest corporate giver to Sen. Obama's campaign this election cycle, with Lehman employees donating $361,000. Lehman employees gave $117,500 to Sen. McCain's campaign."

more at:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122152311313139643.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

"MIAMI (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee John McCain said on Tuesday he would set up a commission like the one that investigated the September 11 attacks to study what led to the current U.S. financial crisis and offer solutions.

"McCain would craft Wall Street reforms based on several principles including better corporate governance, consumer protection, a "derivatives clearing house" and an effective safety and soundness regulator for every financial institution, a senior adviser to the Arizona senator said."

more at: http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN1637555220080916

What McCain is pushing is exactly the kind of regulation, oversight and reform that Wall Street has been evading and lobbying against for years.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

> Fiorina: Palin doesn't have the experience to run HP

To be fair, Carly Fiorina didn't have the experience to run HP. She ran the company into the ground and the stock shot up the day she was "fired" (I say "fired" because she got millions in severance).

Naturally, that's why Carly Fiorina made the perfect economic adviser for McCain. Who better to know how to fix the economy than someone who destroyed her own company?

Posted by: Joe | September 16, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain staffer - "Look!, McCain created the blackberry".

Public Outcry - "The only 'berries' that McCain has ever created are called 'dingle'".

.

Posted by: John Charles Webb | September 16, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"dumb dems"

"liberal hippy freaks"

"wine drinking, head in the sky liberal wackos"

I love these comments, gleaned from other WP feedbacks. Please post more like this. This gives real insight into how unhinged the right is coming. The more you make comments like this, the higher Obama's poll numbers will climb. Please use more derogatory remarks, maybe throw an f-bomb or two in as well

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

MEANWHILE THE PRESS IS IGNORING WHAT OBAMA DID WITH THAT '1982' AD

(1) IT WAS ALL BASED ON LIES: McCain does have a Laptop on the trail & does use it. He knows how to email.

(2) MCCAIN DOESN'T USE KEYBOARD MUCH BECAUSE HIS FINGERS ARE CRIPPLED FROM THE TORTURE, SOMETHING HE DOESN'T TALK ABOUT MUCH.

The press has ignored what a bigoted cheap shot Obama's ads against McCain has been, including the "computer illiterate" attack ad.

Obama ad takes heat for McCain cyber shot
Insensitivity to war injuries cited
By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / September 14, 2008

The National Revew Online and other Republican-leaning websites said the charge was unfair, citing several articles, including stories several years ago in the Boston Globe and Slate.com, that indicated injuries McCain sustained when he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam prevent him from using a keyboard.

McCain suffered broken bones that still prevent him from fully lifting his arms and has lost mobility as a result of fractured fingers.

....

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/14/obama_ad_takes_heat_for_mccain_cyber_shot/


2000 Boston Globe article that reported: "McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes."

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=OTliMTNiZjg5ZDEwZWNiZDYwZWFjN2JlNjNjNjkxZmM=

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

What is a Drone?
-Mcsame
Who is clone?
-Mcsame

Where were the cameras? I just wish there were some cameras in there even a cellphone cam would be suffice.

I would like to go to Juneau to impregnate a female as well and go the Independent Convention that will be held in Next week. LOL ;)

Posted by: Omidal | September 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

You heard it wrong, hew didn't the Blackberry, he discovered Blackberries when he got off the Mayflower. ;-)

But seriously, as you tell your kids, once you tell a lie, other lies become easy to tell, and when you get caught in them no one will trust you again. How can anyone trust McCain or Palin after this past month of lie after lie after lie?

I actually believe both McCain and Palin are nice people, well, I wouldn't have my daughter be friends with the Palin girls, but all in all not bad people. What I think is going on is that McCain has lost control of his campaign and Palin (anagram for Plain) is just too caught up in the big boys game to see where it is taking them both. When they tell Palin to repeat her lie about not accepting the money for the bridge to nowhere, she repeats it, thinking that if they say its ok to say it, but its a lie, its somehow ok.

As for McCain, I have no idea why he gave up the "straight talk express". The only idea I have is that he saw he would lose and sold his soul to the RNC, who now run the campaign in his name with little input from him.

McCain was one of the few republicans I had respect for. I think his campaign shows that the evil RNC, that's right, *evil*, can corrupt anyone, and so I now consider every republican suspect and will never vote for one again, no matter how nice the candidate may seem. If they could corrupt a war then how can you trust anyone who is a republican and under RNC control? We are just learning about how Cheney kept Bush, President Bush, out of the loop on domestic spying. How's that for evil?


Posted by: Fate | September 16, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how utterly lacking in objectivity and truth. What a very sad comment on the state of journalism in this country. The media just can't present anything without distortion and non sequitur. As another commenter pointed out, the very first line of this article is factually inaccurate. Talk about credibility....the Washington Post has absolutely none anymore.

The point of the what Holtz-Eakin was saying (a point which I thought he made) is that John McCain, through the Senate Commerce Committee, has helped enable the current state of telecommunications today. Certainly there'd be no Blackberry without RIMs technology and other companies like Sprint and Verizon pushing the infrastructures. But without the Commerce Committee members (all of them, not just McCain) having enough foresight to be able to enable legislation to provide for the expansion of telecommunications on the level it is (from technology to infrastructure to trade) you wouldn't have a Blackberry in your hand. Holtz-Eakin NEVER said he invented the Blackberry (he didn't even indicate or allude to that in any way!), instead he indicated that McCain helped enable the environment that allowed for companies like RIM to be able to create and promote the technology they did.

Instead of cheap, childish, pathetic stories that provide no real information (aside from the fact that the Washington Post is staffed by petty, non-objective incompetent "journalists"), why not actually write something based in fact rather than opinion? Try being objective for once. A more interesting and useful story would have been to examine just what McCain did as a member of the Commerce Committee that helped enable the telecommunications "miracle" we have today. Or maybe that's too much work for the "journalists" at the Post. I mean, why bother with researching anything when you can just write a spin piece?

And you wonder why people say the media is liberal AND untrustworthy (i.e. don't disseminate facts and truth).

Posted by: joe smith | September 16, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"Fiorina: Palin doesn't have the experience to run HP

"Do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett Packard?" the host asked Fiorina.

"No, I don’t," she replied."
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0908/Fiorina_Palin_doesnt_have_the_experience_to_run_HP.html?showall

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Wake up America! It's all over anyway. Who would you rather have in the WH for the next 4 years? The boring professor and his sidekick (the Mouth) or The Grandpa (as in "The Donald") and Caribou Barbie?

I mean, it's all about the reality show value people! With Grandpa and Barbie, the possibilities are fantastic!!! Think "The Girls Next Door." If we are going to crash and burn, let's do it quickly, spectacularly, and most importantly: LET'S HAVE MASSIVE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE for our tax dollars.

Posted by: GOP Rules | September 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Team Obama, let's use our McCain blackberries to get together 10 people at http://www.boppoll.com. 10 people can add 600 bops per minute to McCain's total.

Go Obama!

Posted by: RStone | September 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

So what DOES McCain actually use his blackberry for.... and how often?

Posted by: still unclear | September 16, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

if you said McCain invented the pony express, now I would believe that!

Posted by: youcan'thandlethetruth | September 16, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you could learn something from this.

"Nice to know that some people on a national ticket aren't foaming-at-the-mouth, hyper-partisan hacks.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:27 PM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"republican retards"

"no-humor conservatives freaks"

"i like pissing of the right!! actually, I'd rather piss ON the right"

I love these comments. Please post more like this. This gives real insight into how unhinged the left is coming. The more you make comments like this, the higher McCain's poll numbers will climb. Please use more derogatory remarks, maybe throw an f-bomb or two in as well.

Posted by: Joe | September 16, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the McCain-Palin ticket has a better sense of humor & are in a better mood than the Obama-Biden ticket.

While Obama & Biden are roaming around delivering foaming-at-the-mouth invective against Republicans and McCain and Palin, McCain & Palin are having laughs.

McCain thinks it's funny that a staffer tried to credit him with the Internet/Blackberry, and Palin loved Tina Fey's rendition of her (says she dressed up as Tina Fey one halloween).

Nice to know that some people on a national ticket aren't foaming-at-the-mouth, hyper-partisan hacks.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post:

This is your definition of news?

Contracting out to do a community newspaper would be a challenge for you, wouldn't it?

Pity.

Posted by: benjamin | September 16, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama invented the "Crack Berry", tho.

Posted by: AsperGirl | September 16, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If this story proves anything is that McCain is always eager to steal credit for something others have done. What a dishonest man!

Posted by: JakeD | September 16, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

At least he knows what 'the blogs' are. Things are looking good. Now he just needs to accuse Sen. Obama of smoking 'the pot' and Sen. Biden of being 'the gay'.

Posted by: jke | September 16, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

McCain is talking about the black berry fruit he invented back before we had food, not the high tech email device - he's never heard of those.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

McDonald doesn't give John McCain enough credit when he says he can't claim to be the inventor of anything. Look at how much John has invented about the positions of his Democratic rival.

Posted by: In on the joke | September 16, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

THIS is an utterly useless story, Washington Post.

Have our priorities flipped? Respect for those who contribute to this country, and disdain to the ones who trash it.

Readers and bloggers, this story is a waste of your time. DUH, mine too but, it has to be said.

This story is JUNK and makes no one thINK responsibly.

Posted by: cate | September 16, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Mccain invented a new definition of "fundamental" which, i always thought was the basic concepts and ideas. But according to his definition it is the heart and skill of the "american worker"...give me a break!! retire old man

Posted by: lenab | September 16, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain claims he invented the adult diaper.

Posted by: playa | September 16, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Oprah thinks of this?

Posted by: Iluvoprah | September 16, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain in real life is actually a Ventrelequist. He invented this new doll called the Palin doll. She apparently runs on batteries but due to since he wants to be involved with solving the energy crisis he decided to create on that runs entirely on hot air. Supposedly he wants to release this new model sometime at the end of the year but this new Palin model keeps malfunctioning.

Posted by: igrimmett | September 16, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

John McCain invented the stone ax...

Gotta start somewhere...

Posted by: c earl jr | September 16, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I bet there are 40 million republican retards out there who DO think McCain invented the blackberry. They also think that the earth is 7000 years old. It's scary to think that these people are allowed to vote.

Posted by: Paul | September 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of whiners! OOoooh, did you hear that editors?? You've been warned!

"Could the washington post be any more liberal? Watch it messing with the conservatives remember: Al Gore got hammered, Howard Dean with his "Wahoo" remark. You're barking up the wrong tree, so far you're 0-2, we'll make it 0-3. Stop now you're warned.

Posted by: bana rana roo | September 16, 2008 1:06 PM"

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Yet another example of liberal bias in the MSM. Michael D. Shear and Robert Barnes make point out that Al Gore's invention of the internet is an urban legend, which is actually true. Then they turn around and put this headline on the article "McCain Didn't Create BlackBerry, Despite Adviser's Claim".

They obviously want to start a new urban legend of their own. Who cares if it's complete BS? As long as they can do anything to make McCain look bad, right? I'm sure they got a chuckle out of Jill Greenberg's demonic McCain photos as well.

Posted by: Chris | September 16, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

You know those no-humor conservatives freaks are up in arms over this one!

Posted by: justme | September 16, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

You know those no-humor conservatives freaks are up in arms over this one!

Posted by: justme | September 16, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I hear the babies crying!!!
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Listen to you people. You're all morons.

Posted by: jcarob | September 16, 2008 1:11 PM

Posted by: Jacob | September 16, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Biden went on ABC news and said Obama would give middle class Americans a tax break to buy a toaster. But you won't read that here.

Posted by: Karen | September 16, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

No McPiggy/McOutoftouchwiththerestoftheworld!

Posted by: Marcus | September 16, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

He invented a CLONED BUSH!

Posted by: Brice | September 16, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Listen to you people. You're all morons.

Posted by: jcarob | September 16, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I bet there are 40 million republican retards out there who DO think McCain invented the blackberry.

Posted by: Paul | September 16, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

That's awesome!
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McCain was the first to evolve without an opposable thumb!

Posted by: stongyld | September 16, 2008 1:10 PM

Posted by: Tom | September 16, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

This is fun..i like pissing of the right!! actually, I'd rather piss ON the right

Posted by: Josh | September 16, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain was the first to evolve without an opposable thumb!

Posted by: stongyld | September 16, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

In today's NY Times (Sept 16), Page F3, McCain is QUOTED by William J. Broad as saying "under my guiding hand" [Congress adoptoed wireless policies that "spurred the rapid rise of mobile phones and WiFi technology."
This is not a gaffe on the part of McCain's aide. McCain actually believes it.

Posted by: Max | September 16, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Whao....McCain invented the blackberry? And I thought he didn't know how to use a computer and was searching for his VP on 'the google'. Olbermann should have fun with this one.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | September 16, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

EXACTLY!!!
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John McCain invented distraction

Posted by: Timmey | September 16, 2008 1:05 PM

Posted by: NO McPiggy 08 | September 16, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, the meme is out and there is no stopping it now. Let's see how far this goes. Will it be another Gore-Internet? Who knows but I like the jab from the Obama camp -- that was funny.

Posted by: Jeff | September 16, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

John McCain invented angry Republicans

Posted by: John | September 16, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I think the McCain camp is finding out they are outdated in tactics and throwing hail mary after hail mary. What might be a overwhelming response at first is now to quickly debunked for them to sustain. These reactions are becoming toxic. Over the next month I see that this will soon be their downfall. The same voters they rallied will become discouraged while at the same time making the Obama Base stronger. Over all the Obama camp is showing greater restraint and wisdom. It will be their job to seal the deal soon. I look forward to seeing if they can properly pull the trigger.

Posted by: eric | September 16, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

no he didn't invent the blackberry. But he is "aware of it". Just like the internet. He is "aware of it" as well.

LOL

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Could the washington post be any more liberal? Watch it messing with the conservatives remember: Al Gore got hammered, Howard Dean with his "Wahoo" remark. You're barking up the wrong tree, so far you're 0-2, we'll make it 0-3. Stop now you're warned.

Posted by: bana rana roo | September 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain invented the WHEEL!

Posted by: joshgeek | September 16, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

John McCain invented distraction

Posted by: Timmey | September 16, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought McCain invented the telephone??

Posted by: joey | September 16, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is now thinking about ways to end the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Posted by: Steve | September 16, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain invented the record player!

Posted by: Tom | September 16, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with being happily stinking rich and utterly detached. Nothing, that is, unless you make criticizing your political opponent as "elitist" and "out of touch" a centerpiece of your campaign. Rick Davis, speaking on behalf of his $100 million man John McCain, earlier this month offered the latest formulation of Barack Obama as an effete, aloof denizen of the upper class:
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"Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand 'MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew - Black Forest Berry Honest Tea' and worry about the price of arugula."
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Of course, Davis' "arugula war" is just another attempt at misdirection. After all, John McCain's $5 million threshold where "you move from middle class to rich" is just the latest episode of his enduring disconnect from the real lives of the American people.
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For starters, McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
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Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
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Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs
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Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 16, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

OMG, you people can't even read!

Posted by: Marcus | September 16, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Cc- LOL!

Posted by: sammdphd | September 16, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I thought McCain invented the iphone so that he doesn't have to type! LoL.

Posted by: Cc | September 16, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

McCain invented the name of the electronic device - Blackberry, named after the Blackberry bush.

Posted by: Steve | September 16, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and his schoolmate Thomas Alva Edison invented a lightbulb.

Posted by: Correction | September 16, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

--"No, the adviser did not use the word INVENT. Posted by: Urgon | September 16, 2008 12:42 PM"

el_barto: Kind of like how Gore NEVER SAID he invented the internet, but the media hyped-up the claim?

And I bet you were the one of the ones who bought it. Nice try!--

So, let me get this straight: You think it is ok for the media to lie? Just because the media did it to Al Gore. Got it.

Posted by: Urgon | September 16, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

--"No, the adviser did not use the word INVENT. Posted by: Urgon | September 16, 2008 12:42 PM"

el_barto: Kind of like how Gore NEVER SAID he invented the internet, but the media hyped-up the claim?

And I bet you were the one of the ones who bought it. Nice try!--

So, let me get this straight: You think it is ok for the media to lie? Just because the media did it to Al Gore. Got it.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"No, the adviser did not use the word INVENT. Posted by: Urgon | September 16, 2008 12:42 PM"


Kind of like how Gore NEVER SAID he invented the internet, but the media hyped-up the claim?

And I bet you were the one of the ones who bought it. Nice try!

Posted by: el_barto | September 16, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-invents-fire-wheel.html

Tuesday, September 16, 2008
McCain Invents Fire, The Wheel

From ABC News:

McCain and the BlackBerry

This morning McCain domestic policy adviser Douglas Holz-Eakin was asked what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., could point to from his work on the Senate Commerce Committee that would prove to the American people that he has experience on technology issues.

"He did this," Holz-Eakin said, holding up his BlackBerry. "Telecommunications in the United States, the premiere innovation in the past 15 years comes right through the Commerce Committee. So you're looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create. And that's what he did."...

Even more remarkably, he did this using only a piece of flint and crude stone tools.

The first message he sent: "Watson. The fundamentals of the economy are strong."

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-invents-fire-wheel.html

Posted by: Marie Stewart | September 16, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

John McCain did not invent the Blackberry.

John McCain invented smoke signals.

Posted by: McArcane | September 16, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE CORRECT THE ARTICLE.

This is factually incorrect:

"John McCain did not invent the BlackBerry.
Early this morning, his top economic adviser claimed that he did."

No, the adviser did not use the word INVENT. He said it was a phenomenon he "helped create" through his work with telecommunications. That is NOT the same thing.

I find it ironic that Washington Post claims that McCain is lying - and then THEY lie brazenly in their articles.

Maybe Washington Post shouldn't use Obama's press-releases as a source.

Posted by: Urgon | September 16, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who wakes up each morning and flips on the TV and want's to and hopes to see bulletin that Mccain dropped dead on the campaign trail?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Whoohoo! John McCain is the next Al Gore!

oh wait a minute...

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse


I thought Research In Motion created the Blackberry.

And aren't they CANADIAN?

But what does it matter anyway, if he even doesn't know how to use one.

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Posted by: el_barto | September 16, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

This is dumb, but it's dumber for McCain to brag about his role in the 1996 Telecommunications Act. That legislation was a giveaway to the big telecoms and has resulted in decreased innovation, increased prices, reduced competition, and a coalescing of the industry into an increasingly smaller group of regional monopolies that control everything.

Posted by: Justin in Chicago | September 16, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If we can unleash the geniuses of Al Gore and John McCain, we'll be travelling faster than light before we know it!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

He didn't sound like he was joking.

The McCain campaign sure does spend a lot of time explaining what the Senator and his surrogates "really meant" when they said stuff. Why don't they just say what they mean in the first place?

Posted by: zukermand | September 16, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

ohhh comon

Posted by: boruch yona loriner | September 16, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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